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Intern - EU Liaison and EU Funding Support

Vacancy #:   280
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   EU Partnerships Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   01 July 2013
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   10 October 2011 (extended)
European Union Representative Office represents IUCN to the EU and provides the IUCN secretariat and constituency with up-to-date information on EU policies, legislation and funding programmes in the field of nature conservation.


The internship provides a challenging and interesting opportunity to work in a dynamic international organization and to gain work experience in the field of EU nature conservation policies and funding instruments. Expected starting date of the internship is 1 July 2013.
The IUCN EURO team is looking for a highly motivated intern for a period of 6 months to assist with various activities and the daily functioning of the office. The focus of the internship will be on assisting in our efforts to access EU funding for the IUCN global network as well as to follow the main happenings on the EU’s Environmental and Development Cooperation policies. Some of the specific tasks are:

- Collaborate with IUCN offices worldwide regarding their funding applications to the European Commission

- Conduct research on EU policy developments and EU funding instruments (to be specified)

- Assist in the development and circulation of the “EUpdate Newsletter” and “Funding information update”

- Attend meetings and conferences and report on the outcomes

- Assist in activities organized in the framework of the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
  • The internship has to be mandatory or an optional course for gaining the diploma of the studies that the student is enrolled in (to be formalized by a work placement agreement/convention de stage between the academic institution and IUCN EU Representative Office)

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN

• A keen interest in and basic understanding of issues relating to the conservation of biodiversity

• Very good knowledge of EU policy-making

• Studying towards a Master degree

• Oral and written fluency in English; good command of French is an asset

• Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

• Strong interpersonal skills

• Ability to work with short deadlines and multiple simultaneous tasks

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

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